Dan and I were recently turned on to this food co-op called Bountiful Baskets through a blog that I follow regularly. We’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while just never really knew what was out there. We are really trying to lesson our carbon footprint. So, we decided to partake in this food co-op where a bunch of people pool their money together to get bulk discounts on food and then share the food evenly with everybody. I saw how much food the person from the blog that I follow had gotten and immediately knew that it would be too much food for just Dan and I and we would need somebody else to go in halfsies with us on it. So we were able to talk our good friends, Jason & Julie into doing it. Then after sharing the idea with both of our parents they decided they wanted in on it, too! So, we’re going to order a couple baskets starting next weekend and split them up between the 4 of us. I ordered my first basket this past week just to test it out and see how much food it really comes with. Then as I said, starting next week it will be the real deal with all 4 of us!
I got up early this morning and drove over to the golf course in Dan’s grandma’s neighborhood to pick up my very first basket. It was such a neat experience. The people were so nice and since this was my first basket I had a person walk me through all of the steps. Basically they have all these baskets lined up in a parking lot with numbers on them. You sign in with the person that has the clipboard, he gives you a number and then you find your numbered baskets and transfer the food into your own container, box, bag, etc. There was also a lady there giving out bay leaves from her tree to everybody, which was cool!
Anyways, it was a lot of food. Too much food for just Dan and I to eat in a week before it starts to go bad. Going to give my parents half of this basket. This is what we got:
11 Gala Apples
6 bananas (1 bunch)
1 container of strawberries
1 container of blackberries
7 roma tomatoes
3 yellow squash
2 HUGE cucumbers
1 bag of baby carrots
1 bundle of green lettuce
1 head of green cabbage
I’m very excited to start our own “co-op” with our 4 families!
On another note, we are going to plant a garden with my parents in their backyard. I thought this would be the BEST way to try to lessen our carbon imprint and an awesome way to try to sustain 3 different families with 1 garden! I want to get my parents’ old garden area all cleaned up and ready for planting in the next few weeks and make it a family activity that we can all do together. Need to research what can be planted right now. I know things can grow year round, it’s just a matter of what! Food probably wouldn’t be ready until a couple of months away so we will still do this Bountiful Baskets thing for quite a while.
We are very excited about this new endeavor! More to come!